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Spearheaded by our leadership team we work toward a vision of being the leading foodservice distributor in New England.

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Keto-focused dishes have risen in popularity recently alongside the ketogenic diet craze. Keto dieters focus on foods that are high in fat, quality sources of protein and low in carbohydrates. On this page you’ll find a list of recommended keto-friendly foods and the item numbers for some of our corresponding products.

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When he’s not visiting customers, Chef Tim is hard at work in the Dennis test kitchen experimenting with new products, developing recipes, evaluating strategies for foodservice operations of all types and contributing to a growing collection of foodie-focused content…

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Dennis Paper & Food Service maintains a growing database of recipes, unique dishes and menu concepts. Take advantage of profitable products, seasonal trends and national holidays while discovering new dishes ready for your signature touch.

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We’ve put together an assortment of our best-selling breakfast items, rebates and recipes! Looking for more? We have dozens of other options and varieties available in our inventory, ask your Account Executive for suggestions!

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Connecting with customers is the best way to bring them through your doors. Social media creates a huge opportunity to reach new customers and engage with your regulars – and it’s available to any operation, big or small. Even if you’re a restaurant Operator with a limited marketing budget, you can make a big impact by using social media tools the right way.

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We source both commodity and value-added seafood products from our supplier partners world-wide. We require our suppliers to meet stringent standards for food quality and product safety.

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Dennis Paper & Food Service’s employee-owners work diligently to deliver thousands of food items and related provisions daily, operating in ‘round-the-clock shifts to consistently provide the highest quality, best performance and unbeatable service.

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Most establishments use bacon in some capacity. Those who do know there is normally a considerable amount of fat remaining from the rendering (cooking) process; in some cases nearly 20% of your bacon is rendered to the form of fat…

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Award-winning chef Tim Labonte has joined Dennis Paper & Food Service in the newly established position of Corporate Chef. Previously, Tim was Regional Executive Chef for Maine Properties in charge of all culinary departments at the Portland Harbor Hotel, Inn at Diamond Cove and the Diamonds Edge Restaurant. Tim earned his culinary arts degree from Johnson & Wales University in 1999 before beginning his career as a sous chef at the Key West Hilton Resort & Marina in Key West, Florida…

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A good restaurant social media marketing strategy can help bring customers to your venue. This is because social media is an important tool people use to make purchasing decisions. This is especially true when it comes to choosing where to eat⁠…

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Content is as important to your digital presence and marketing efforts as the food you serve is to your dining room. It shows who you are, what you do and what you’re capable of – but most importantly – it can impact a visitor’s decision to return.

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Christmas marketing isn’t limited to just the immediate holiday but includes your winter menu changes, catering services, increased promotions of cookies, cakes, pies, pastries and side dishes for holiday meals, holiday party bookings and gift card sales. You have a great opportunity to attract new customers, show your chef’s skills in preparing holiday favorites and exotic foods from other countries and cultures, and host special tasting events that attract convivial crowds.

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With all the stress that comes during the holidays, customers will be looking for a place to get a great meal that they won’t have to cook for themselves. Here are 7 tactics to try when marketing for your business this holiday season.

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Data makes the world go ‘round. At least, it’s one of the most crucial tools to help keep restaurants successful. Take a closer look at some of the stats behind popular marketing methods, see what channels make the most sense, and start thinking of creative ways to reach your audience today!

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Health has never been more important. The world is talking about coronavirus, how to prevent it, how to treat it, and the lifestyle diseases that worsen its effects. These conversations have reignited the need for healthful eating because it is one of the most important ways to improve our overall health and well-being.

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In a world that showers children with pizza and macaroni and cheese, one thing parents and K–12 school foodservice operators can agree on is the need for better school lunches—meals that are more nutritious and made with cleaner ingredients that are free of artificial flavors, colors and preservatives.

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While the diet itself if quite strict; creating dishes that fit within it using commonly stocked foodservice products is relatively easy. Developing a well rounded and flavorful dish will be a bigger challenge than sourcing the actual ingredients.

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The new “Keep Sizzlin’” collection is inspired by the success of the original “Sizzle” video, which caught the attention of consumers by stimulating their eyes and ears with the satisfying look and sound of a juicy strip steak crackling and popping as it cooked to perfection in a cast iron skillet.

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For many restaurants, the next few weeks will likely be one of the busiest times of the year. Between Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve operators can rake in the revenue. But with more business, and more people coming through the door, the biggest challenge is always staffing…

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Increasing competition and customer expectations for consistent, quality service at restaurants makes getting people in the door more difficult than ever in today’s market. Competition created by new establishments and constant scrutiny via social media have raised the bar for service standards. Modern restaurateurs must react faster in order to succeed…

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It seems that every shift to the restaurant landscape brings with it a list of questions: What is the next hot flavor trend to watch? Which segment truly owns convenience? What is today’s definition of health? What type of technology is up and coming next?

Man, Chef Tim Labonte

Award-winning chef Tim Labonte has joined Dennis Paper & Food Service in the newly established position of Corporate Chef. Previously, Tim was Regional Executive Chef for Maine Properties in charge of all culinary departments at the Portland Harbor Hotel, Inn at Diamond Cove and the Diamonds Edge Restaurant. Tim earned his culinary arts degree from Johnson & Wales University in 1999 before beginning his career as a sous chef at the Key West Hilton Resort & Marina in Key West, Florida…

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For many people, the idea of appearing on camera is enough to leave them a sweaty, panic-stricken, ball of stammering nerves. After all, you didn’t get into this business to be an actor. No one said anything about speaking in articulate sentences on a high definition camera and sharing that footage publicly! Well, not until now. It’s no secret the landscape of content marketing has shifted to video. The results are in, video marketing increases click-thru-rates, boosts conversions and keeps your brand relevant. So, let’s get over this fear and get you broadcasting.

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Longer days and warmer weather can mean new sales opportunities. After months of cold weather, people are eager to get outside and enjoy the sunshine. From al fresco dining to special summer menus, here are five ways you can take advantage of the changing season and drive sales this summer.

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The curb appeal of any business is often the first impression that people have when driving or walking by. In a sense, your exterior serves as a 24/7 surrogate billboard that conveys many messages. And that’s where the process of enhancing your message should begin: What do you want people to think, feel, and expect when they see your establishment from the outside?

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February is National Pancake Month! With the scent of melting butter, sizzling batter and warm maple syrup in the air your diners are sure to be in the mood for a helping of warm, fluffy pancakes.

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Domino’s Pizza has managed to pull off a huge turnaround; in part by listening and responding to their customers in a uniquely-honest PR advertising blitz. Now they are opening hundreds of new locations and profits are soaring…

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In Episode 27 of Dennis Knows Food we’re discussing tips for success in your next marketing campaign. Australian researchers have made a potential breakthrough in the fight against deadly peanut allergies. And Google now has a computer capable of making the perfect chocolate chip cookie. These topics and more in this week’s podcast!

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If you get nervous even thinking about talking on camera this episode is for you! Video and cameras are an increasing part of our daily lives, and a great tool for getting in front of customers. But, what happens when you clam up on camera, and the words just won’t come out? The future of marketing is video, and the power to compete is in the palm of your hand. So, let’s get over the nerves and get you recording with a few tips and strategies for foodservice operators looking to do more with video.